Aylmerton Nature Diary

Thursday 13th July

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IMG_0489 Common Darter, male –  Felbrigg Lake

I don’t know where this week has gone. Monday I was at Cley NWT, Tuesday & Wednesday where mainly occupied at Sustead Common and on Felbeck Trust business, and this morning I was engaged showing Mark, from AFSC, around Sustead Common. The walk through Felbrigg Park, to and from AFSC, was my first opportunity to see what’s been happening there this week. There were still plenty of butterflies about – many more Gatekeepers than a week ago, with the usual smattering of Small & Essex Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Comma and Painted Lady, but noticeably fewer Meadow Brown and Ringlet. I was very pleased to see an adult Hobby make a couple of passes over Keeper’s Cottage – chasing off a Buzzard on one occasion. On the lake, the two Tufted x Ferruginous Duck are well advanced in their moult, making them even more tricky to recognise. An adult Spotted Flycatcher was launching itself from the dead trees, near the Cormorant roost, at passing insects and a handful of Swift were drinking from the lake. A Whitethroat was singing in trees behind The Forge and there was a family party along The Street. Back on the lake, a few Small Red-eyed Damselfly were still about and I saw my first male Common Darter.

Stunning Painted Lady, on the road to Sustead CommonIMG_0481

The two Tufted x Ferruginous Duck, are both in a well advanced state of moult – but still clearly showing their brown ‘toupees’, in the bright sunlightIMG_0462

Resting male Black-tailed SkimmerIMG_0457

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